Updated:6/29/2020

The report on the status of knowledge concerning oil spill preparedness that the Norwegian Centre for Oil Spill Preparedness and Marine Environment has been working on since autumn 2019 is now complete. SINTEF and DNV GL have collaborated on the specification of the knowledge status and identification of knowledge gaps.

The purpose is to provide an up-to-date status of the knowledge of efficient and environmentally friendly methods and technologies. The report also highlights areas in which additional knowledge and development are required.

The goal is for the report to provide a sound basis for continued research and development work within Norwegian oil spill preparedness.

The report has been prepared in close collaboration with the Norwegian Coastal Administration and includes input from NOFO - The Norwegian Clean Seas Association for Operating Companies. The report provides an overview of research and development within the field of oil spill preparedness.

- The goal is for the report to provide a sound basis for continued research and development work within Norwegian oil spill preparedness and we hope that it will be read and actively applied to this work, says Senior Adviser Gaute Wahl from the Norwegian Centre for Oil Spill Preparedness and Marine Environment.

Emphasis has been placed on highlighting challenges that are relevant to the high north, such as ice, low temperature, darkness, ice formation on equipment, HSE challenges, long distances and inadequate infrastructure.

The report provides an overview of the knowledge status and research, and development needs in five selected areas of technology:

  • mechanical recovery
  • dispersion
  • in-situ burning
  • shoreline cleaning
  • remote sensing

The report includes an extensive and quality-assured list of references, including research publications and reports that are available individually through our reference database, Ocean of Knowledge.